Saturday, 28 May 2011
Friday, 27 May 2011
Tuesday, 24 May 2011
Lining up before the start I got asked by the commentator how long I was expecting my race to take, to which I hazarded a guess of about an hour – the cheeky sod seemed to find this hilarious – it was only meant to be 20km after all – or 25 depending on the source. I also said I had never ridden the course which seemed like a bit of a concern to him. Off we were and after a frantic start I sensibly let someone take the lead, following his wheel through the twisty forest singletrack. It was all fine until we reached the first of the infamous technical sections, a vertical drop-off which had me coming to a standstill and getting off the bike! Lost some time there, as well as on another tricky rock climb. Later on I had a small tumble which misaligned my front mech.
So I lost sight of first place and saw at the end of the lap, on the giant UCI board, that I was 40 seconds down after 22 min. The Elites would take over 2 min less than that .. Then it was onto the forest loop, mostly less technically demanding. I tried hard to push on and as we reached Dixon’s Hollow, the BMX-type set of berms with 1km to go, was within sight of first place. A lack of marshals at a junction there meant that he hesitated and lost maybe 10 sec, so I got even closer but thought it would be bad form to now fight for the win. Still, I would have had a hard time had I tried. We crossed the line in 1st and 2nd, that was an amazing (and quite humbling) experience to be riding the same course as the pros, and to be able to compare our times.”
"Just when they thought they couldn’t push it any harder, Britain’s Jeff Allen and Irish paddler Harry Whelan dug deep, emptied the tanks and crushed the 20-year-old speed record for sea kayaking around Ireland. They completed the circumnavigation in 25 days; the previous record was 33 days." See the whole story at Canoe & Kayak Mag
Monday, 23 May 2011
Kind regards and thank you!
This is a pic of Suzie and I in the cafe at the top! " We get the picture.... Stormy weather...